How Do You Use Organic Fertilizer?

How do you use organic fertilizer? Organic fertilizer usually consists of compost material such as earthworm castings. Adding organic nutrients to your soil throughout the growing cycle will promote health at each stage of growth.

Plants need nitrogen and phosphorus which are the three macronutrients, and then organic fertilizers also have important micronutrients like sulphur, manganese, iron and all those things that plants need as well. We concentrate mostly on the three macronutrients because those are typically the ones that are most depleted in the soil. Iron and all those things are usually fairly abundant in the soil already. They kind of hang out there for a long time. They won't necessarily get washed away as opposed to something like nitrogen that can get released fairly quickly. So when you're using an organic fertilizer, ask yourself what growth cycle the plants are about to go through or what growth cycle you want to get out of the plants. For example, nitrogen produces a lot of green growth, phosphorus promotes blooming and potassium works with phosphorus to help blooming. Phosphorus also makes fruits mature, helps seed germination and root growth. So when you're growing lettuce, basil or anything you're eating the leaves. So, you obviously want to favor nitrogen. You're not going to want to put too much kelp meal on that. You're going to be looking at coffee grounds, compost manure, blood meal. If you have hibiscuses or roses, you're going to want to use a good phosphorus fertilizer. So, you will want things like bat guano which is high in phosphorus, or bone meal as opposed to blood meal and all these things. These are the areas that we look at with fertilizer. Or you can just use a general organic fertilizer. So, there's not, in my opinion, one magic fertilizer, because each one has its place. But earthworm castings are definitely my favorite. You can just sprinkle them all over the place.

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